WiFi USB Adapters for Ubuntu Linux

I’d like to get myself a wifi USB adapter for my PC at the office which is running Ubuntu 12.04. I bought a NETGEAR adapter but the box didn’t say anything about Linux compatibility so I returned it rather than open it and it doesn’t work.

Are these adapters platform specific or is it just the installation software that is platform specific? Would any wifi adapter work in my Ubuntu PC? We have a totally wireless network at my office so I want to get the PC connected to the network and experiment with it and Ubuntu Linux.

What do you think?

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